Day Trips

An oasis in a wasteland of convenience-store coffee pots

By Gerald E. McLeod, Fri., Sept. 21, 2012

Day Trips
Photo by Gerald E. Mcleod

The Horse's Mouth Bookstore and Coffee Shop in Buffalo claims to be the only full-service book and coffee shop between Shreveport and Austin, and between Dallas and Houston. I can't substantiate their claim, but I can vouch for the fact that they make a good espresso drink and have an eclectic collection of new and used books.

Opened about four years ago in the old section of town, it's an oasis in a wasteland of convenience-store coffee pots. Dickie and Linda Jones purchased the business a year ago.

The couple had kinfolk who helped settle this part of Leon County, and decided to retire to the old homestead. A former human resources executive for a Houston corporation, Dickie wasn't ready to sit in a rocking chair when they arrived in the country.

When the coffee shop was in danger of closing, they decided to take it over. The Horse's Mouth is more than a business; it's a community center for the village of 1,800. The local liars club meets there to talk about the weather, and kids come in after school to use the free wi-fi.

The Horse's Mouth Bookstore and Coffee Shop is on U.S. 79, 1.4 miles east of I-45 in Buffalo. Stop in for a good cup of coffee, a snack, and friendly conversation. More details at www.thehorsesmouth.net or 903/322-2180.

1,103th in a series. Collect them all. Day Trips, Vol. 2, a book of "Day Trips," is available for $8.95, plus $3.05 for shipping, handling, and tax. Mail to: Day Trips, PO Box 33284, South Austin, TX 78704.

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